1. a maker.
|Academy of Armory Ch. iii item 68c: Canting Terms used by Beggars, Vagabonds, Cheaters, Cripples and Bedlams. [...] Faker, maker.|
|,||Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
|Yorks. Eve. Post 15 Apr. 1/7: [The] variety of occupations adopted by tramps is enormous [...] There are ‘mushfakers,’ ‘chaneyfakers’ (menders of china), ‘cadeyfakers’ or ‘grubbers’ (hatters) and so on.|
|Londinismen (2nd edn) v: Piratical fakers / Of bosh by the acres, / These muck-worms of trash / Cut, oh, a great dash.‘Sl. Ditty’|
2. a forger; earlier uses implied in bene feaker n., bit faker under bit n.1
|Era (London) 12 Nov. 8/3: [O]ur fighting contributor [...] has thus poetically classed them:- [...] ramps (10), fences (11) and bilkers (12), and fakers (13) and smashers (14).|
|Truth (Sydney) 3 Mar. 4/7: In England, during the reigns of John and Henry III, the food-fakers had a decidedly rough time of it [...] When a man was convicted of adulterating food [etc.].|
|Aberdeen Jrnl 30 Jan. 4/6: This book is known in the trade as the 'Faker's Bible'. There is hardly any piece in it that has not been copied.|
|Anatomy of Crime 193: Faker: Forger.|
3. lit. or fig., a performer, an actor.
|Man of Pleasure’s Illus. Pocket-book n.p.: You may pipe the crib by seeing a board whereon is inscribed the name of the piano faker, pallavring the swells and yokels that she ‘gives lessons in French without the aid of a master’.|
|N.E. Police Gaz. (Boston, MA) 18 Aug. 8/1: [of a presidential candidate] Another’s fame must yet be sung; — / I know the ‘faker’ well.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 23 Oct. 2/2: The [theatrical] season has begun very ominously. Lots of ‘fakers’ have had to walk during the past week.|
4. (US) a thief.
|Lavengro II 29: We never calls them thieves here, but prigs and fakers.|
|Robert Falconer (2007) 570: Them pusses is mannyfactered express for the convenience o the fakers .|
|Era 24 Nov. 4/3: 'Now, ladies and gentlemen,' says the Faker, 'I'm overflowing with animal magnestism. I'm so attractive that rings and watches are often found in my pocket which do not belong to me'men,'.|
|Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.|
|Child of the Jago (1982) 173: The sand-bag faker was moved by particular love of linnets. His spoil was got rid of as soon as the bird-shops opened in Club Row.|
|Eve. Post (Dundee) 25 Sept. 4/5: The Jewel-faker [...] the works are taken out of watches, and the precious stones re stripped from their mountings.|
|DN IV:iii 201: faker, a thief.‘Terms Of Disparagement’ in|
5. a street salesman of cheap goods.
|Hobo 43: The faker appeals to the crowd. The faker is a salesman. He ‘pulls’ a stunt or makes a speech to attract the crowd. [...] His wares consists perhaps of combination sets of cuff buttons and collar buttons, or some other such ‘line’.|
|‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 445: Faker, A peddler who attracts a crowd by a speech, song, or acrobatic performance and then proceeds to sell them some wonderful article.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
6. a confidence trickster, a fraudster.
|Man Traps of N.Y. 30: New York is celebrated for its large army of petty swindlers, or, as they style themselves, ‘fakers’.|
|Hull Dly Mail 20 Apr. 3/6: Stannard was wellknown to the officials of workhouses [...] as the 'Soldier Faker'. He was constantly shamming fits.|
|Strictly Business (1915) 308: Say, you old faker [...] I don’t know what your game is, unless you want change for a bogus $40,000,000 bill.‘What You Want’ in|
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 174: There he was, a sidewalk curbstone faker, peddling with droning voice two-bit swindles to the Christmas crowds.‘Canada Kid’ in|
|Chicago May (1929) 150: I had met an American faker, named Shaw, and an Oxford boy, a good sport.|
|Brain Guy (1937) 149: The grifters, chisellers, fakers, fags, business men on the tear.|
|Dark Ship 227: When I get out of the bucket some of these fakers shoot one of our guys.|
|Junkie (1966) 110: I had made him for a faker when he walked in the room.|
|,||DAS 130/2: crip-faker n. A professional beggar who pretends bodily injury to gain attention.|
|Stormy Weather 139: Your crew of gypsy fakers hit my wife for seven grand.|
7. a pimp.
|Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
8. a scavenger.
|Lloyd’s Wkly Newspaper 6 Sept. 3/5: James Pearce, 72, a ‘faker’ (collector of odd wood, coal etc. in the streets) [...] went out ‘foraging’ [and] was run over by a butcher’s cart’.|
9. (US) a person feigning illness or injury.
|Coll. Works (1975) 254: He felt better, knowing this, because he had begun to think himself a faker and a fool.‘Miss Lonelyhearts’ in|
|World’s Toughest Prison 798: faker – One who shams or pretends.|
10. (US campus) one who poses falsely in order to gain status.
|Campus Sl. Apr.|